Originally Posted by SUSailor
OK thanks. That clears it up.
This is the one I was looking at. My old two stroke has a 20" shaft so I thought that it would be long enough on the new one.
Tohatsu 6hp Four-Stroke Outboard Model MFS6CSPROL
Would I be better off with a 25" instead?
I love the fact that it comes standard with the alternator
. That will be great back up to my solar
set up for keeping the batteries charged.
1 Just about everyone with an outboard
hangin' off the back recommends the longest shaft you can get.
2 Going to Alaska
next year on that boat? If so, get the bigger engine
3 To confirm some stuff already discussed: I just reread a 2003 (!
) Practical Sailor article on outboards. The wrong prop will not push you properly. The wrong prop can make you end up running at way less than full throttle and end up gumming up your carb and plugs. The wrong prop can make you run at part throttle and offset the whole idea of an alternator
inside the engine
- those alternators are pretty wimpy at a MAX of 6A at WOT, some newer ones may be larger - check it out. The constant refrain I hear on this and many other boating forums
I read regularly is that Honda
carbs get gummed up very quickly, and the solution is painful - constant carb cleanings.
[Although ethanol is blamed, it may NOT be the villan...although seafoam and stabil are suggested, this article suggested that the right prop and running at a good rate is better than all the snake oil
Perhaps all this is due to the wrong props!!!
Tohatsu has a good rep. The differences between them and Mercury
, for example, are minor -same engines - but the features MAY be important to you: things like where the clutch
is for changing gears; don't know whether or not differences include whether or not there is a freshwater hose connection to be able to avoid using a bucket or "ears" for cleaning
the engine with freshwater.
Do some more homework.